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What to Expect Here in 2015

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As I mentioned in my previous post things are changing up quite a bit around here, and definitely for the better. I’ve listened to you and taken the results from the surveys that I have put out there and compiled an amazing and irresistible website that will have designers and bloggers alike breathing a sigh of relief. Why sigh of relief? Because so many of you have so many different problems when it comes to your blog, website, marketing online, and you yourself becoming one of those irresistible brand that people can’t get enough of. The first problem arises in the technical field. Some of you are pretty savvy, some of you wouldn’t know how to change the color of your fonts if you had to. But that’s completely okay! So I’ve compiled a lovely repository of free video tutorials so that you can watch and learn on your own time and for free. Did I say the word “free” enough? I’m also happy to take requests! The next problem occurs when it comes to design. Not everyone is a web designer a graphic designer. And of course you shouldn’t be! But if you do hire a designer or try to do it yourself you should have a basic grasp of great design principles. That way you’re not forcing your designer to do orange and lime green and lavender together even though they’re your favorite colors. You see web design and interior design or designing anything else is not the…

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The New Creative Girl Media

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This week I will be sharing the changes you should expect to see in 2015!  Creative Girl Media is making some big changes, and nearly any blogger or business owner will be like, “OMG, for FREE?!”  Or like, “Whoa, I can totally afford Starbucks AND a new design/workshop/everything in CGM’s shop!”   Especially this week – early birds always get the best worms!  Ew, worms are gross so let’s say….bird seed.  Or one of those peanut butter and bird seed covered things we made as kids.  You KNOW birds be freakin out over that awesome stuff. Anyway, in addition to the cool stuff your blog and business can get, I’ll also be blogging on a more personal level.  I’ll tell you all about why I ended up in the hospital every month, what happened, why, and how 2014 taught me a lot about business, people, forgiveness, rock bottom, how nice people always get rewarded, mean people don’t deserve your attention, and how losing 70lbs makes for a much more fun fashion sense.  Plus, 2015 has GOT to be better than what I went through this year, so I’m looking forward to sharing about style, home decor, the new card shop my mom and I started, and lots of inspiration to keep you (mostly me) motivated!  I’m also turning 30, and will need a lot of support and Kleenex. My design isn’t quite done, but come the 31st you’re going to see a website theme never before used here at CGM….

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What I Learned While Away from the Internet for 3 Weeks

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Well hello! It has been awhile, and boy are there some stories and new things I have to tell you all about!  Since I dropped off the face of this blog, I’ve had many inquiries asking 1) if I was still alive and 2) If I could make a website for them.  So here’s the big secret… The last time I blogged it was May 11, and May 12th I had gastric bypass surgery.  Since then, I have been in the hospital 6 times!  Yes, they know me well down at the ER and of course the bariatric floor.  Of course, I haven’t blogged every detail because, honestly, no one wants to hear that over and over – right?  Well, luckily my doctor found the culprit (hopefully), and here I am… 50lbs lighter and ready to tackle the fall and winter influx of websites, logo designs, and new classes.  I’m so excited about it, I can barely break “into it slowly” as everyone I know and who cares about me suggests.  In fact, I need something to keep my mind occupied because now that I don’t really eat food like I used to, keeping my hands busy is vital.  I even learned calligraphy while in the hospital.  Seriously.  Most recently, I was off the internet and on the mend for 3 solid weeks, and I’m going to share some of the things I did while not at my computer.  The top are some recent logos I DID design with a…

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The Fine Art of Video Blogging…

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Hey all! Well, I finally did it. Video blogging at its finest. Admittedly, the first video was a lot like trying to wrangle a toddler. Lots of making faces, and not actually getting to the point. The second was better, yet I may have bored myself near to death. Despite all that, video blogging is FUN. I have already captured footage that will keep us all set for awhile. Then there’s the one where my mother joins in to talk about web design when she has never laid eyes on the internet in her life. (Seriously, how is that possible?) She doesn’t have a cell phone either, so it’s not so surprising. Please enjoy:

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The Two Books that Changed My Business

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I have a self-help book problem.  Admittedly, I haven’t read a fiction book since the first Twilight came out. (Which is perhaps what scared me into sticking with non-fiction.)  I love reading anything that will help me better my business, my mind, my body, my spirit, and so on.  I have read Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook, as well as a book that teaches you everything from first aid to popular Latin phrases. (There’s even a chapter on juggling in that one.) Here are two books that I just had to share with anyone who is a business owner or entrepreneur.  They’ve helped shape my business model, and will continue to do so as I implement all the incredible tips within them.  Great reads, but also very useful.  Much like my book on “How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul.” 1.  Overpromise and Overdeliver: The Secrets of Unshakable Customer Loyalty  2.  Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (And Other Social Networks) (No affiliate links here.  Just good old fashioned links that go to places where you can purchase these items while I get nothing in return aside from your unwavering gratitude.   You’re welcome and thank you for reading to the bitter end.)

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How to Run a Business When “Life” Gets in the Way

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Imagine for a moment, something miraculous happens.  You have a full day to yourself, a quiet corner at Starbucks, your trusty laptop, and a plan. Then, the inevitable happens.  A phone call from your child’s nurses office, that initial tickle in the back of your throat indicating the onset of a cold, the blue screen of death…any number of things that will completely halt your productivity.  These things impact your entire schedule, and depending on what business you’re in, it has a butterfly effect on all your clients, their clients, and so on. After my husband had a series of heart attacks a few years ago, I started learning the hard way how to manage a business with “life” getting in the way.  As the years (and several other major life events) went by, I learned how to cope and handle the unexpected.  Here are the major Do’s and Don’ts I’ve found helpful when faced with those icky situations we all dread will impact business. DO over-communicate with your clients or people you’re working with. Most people are completely understanding, especially if they stay in the know the entire process.  Ensuring you communicate clearly and often (even if it’s a little overboard), is far better than leaving them in the dark. DO NOT leave anyone in the dark, or go radio-silent when something happens. Very big and tragic events can often take precedence (as they should), and we can forget or put aside our business responsibilities.  A quick note, announcement, or…

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Why I Chose to No Longer Have a “Waiting List”

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A few years ago, I began designing blogs and websites for a waiting list of clients that, at one point, reached an astounding 8 months long.  (Those were some very patient people I tell ya.) I noticed other designers with long queues, the record holder being 18 months. (Maybe she was handing out adorable chubby infants too, I don’t know.) As a designer, having a long queue has some redeeming qualities.  You’re the popular kid on the block, business is doing well, there’s a sense of security…  However, ultimately I chose to consciously eliminate my queue, and work on projects as they rolled in.  Which would prove to be one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made. This phenomenon of long waiting lists is actually what prompted me to start teaching courses on blog and web design.  With more designers, queues would become more manageable and clients would have more options to choose from.  As my waiting list decreased with the rise in web designers starting their businesses, I still had clients lining up and willing to wait 4+ months to start their projects. After 5 years of experience running an online-based freelance business with a queue, here are the problems I found with that model: Excitement for the project fizzles out. You’re ready to embark on the creative journey with a web designer.  You’re excited, elated, and can’t wait to get everything up and running to start making a real name for yourself.  After months of waiting in…

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